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Kitchen Remodel; Complete Overhaul

17 March 2011

Kitchen Remodel; Complete Overhaul 
Rearranging the floor plan for a new kitchen!!

My husband and I were on the hunt to find an old house that we could make our own.  In early 2009 we found the perfect house.  Well, actually, it was anything but perfect.  It was a giant mess, but it was in a great location and it had the space we were looking for.  So we took the plunge and stared the renovation immediately.  The entire house was gutted to make way for new electric and plumbing.  Since all the walls had to go, it was a great opportunity to reconfigure the space so that it would work for our family.

Like most families, we spend the majority of our time in the kitchen.  We knew we wanted a big, open, casual kitchen.  Before the demolition took place, the kitchen was a small room with tile everywhere, even covering the ceiling.  There was a small door that lead to a huge dining room with tons of natural light.  Working with our architect, we decided it would be best to take out the wall in between the two rooms and switch the areas.  Since we're not formal people, we knew we didn't want a huge formal dining room.  We just wanted a large table to gather around with our family and friends.

Here is the previous kitchen.

This is the previous dining room. (That's my husband playing the part of Vanna White).
The wall he is pointing to is the one that was removed.

Here is the new kitchen (view from the dining room into the kitchen).

This is a view from the mudroom into the kitchen and dining room.

We had our cabinets made by Steve Cline of Woodwork Designs.  I was surprised to find, after getting several bids on stock cabinetry, that custom cabinets were quite affordable.  Not to mention, it was such a great experience getting to work so closely with Steve on the design and construction of our cabinets. 

Here is our new casual dining room. (This was previously the tile covered kitchen) 

The cabinet front Sub-Zero refrigerator was our big splurge in this room.  
We were able to buy a floor model from an appliance store which saved us big bucks.  

Rather than having cabinets built in here, we opted for a open, airy piece of furniture.  It sits back in a cove due to plumbing in the wall on the right and a structural beam running along the top.
It fits perfectly there.

Again, we decided to use an antique piece we had, rather than having a built in desk here. 
It's a great spot to go through school papers and pay bills. 

Right off the kitchen is a mudroom (my favorite room in the house). 

It's the perfect place for the kids to drop their coats, shoes and backpacks when they 
come home from school.  The entire first floor of the house is hardwood, except this room.  
We went with a durable dark colored tile floor (to hide dirt, of course).

We charge our phones, cameras and I-pods in here as well. 

There is a great sized pantry in the mudroom also.  
We didn't have a pantry in our old house,  so this was a nice addition for us. 

Here are a few of my favorite details in the kitchen.  It's all in the details, right?

Hope you enjoyed the tour. 


Ponys that eat Rainbows March 17, 2011 at 7:04 AM  

Wow what a difference. It looks amazing! I love your blog. There are so many great ideas that make me want to get working on my house :)

Shelia March 17, 2011 at 7:20 AM  

HI Cassity! Talk about coveting a kitchen! Oh, my Lord, this is gorgeous! It's just amazing to me the vision for loveliness folks have! Love love love this one!
Be a sweetie and Happy St Patrick's Day,
Shelia ;)

janet March 17, 2011 at 7:39 AM  

Just stunning!!!

Well done you guys...enjoy your new kitchen.

Janet xox

laxsupermom March 17, 2011 at 8:32 AM  

Wow! What a stunning transformation! Thanks for sharing their gorgeous kitchen.

I know you've been mad busy with the new baby, but I'd love it if you took a moment to snap a pic of a project you did or something you bought from before blogging for my Throwback Thursdays party. The great thing about this party is that it's showcasing things from way back, so you don't have to create something new to join in.

banclothing March 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM  

Can I move in? Wow, the kitchen is amazing and the custom cabinets were totally worth it!!!!! It sticks with the whole vibe of the house which is exceptional.

Heather March 17, 2011 at 11:05 AM  

Beautiful! These homeowners did a great job of thinking outside the box.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards March 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM  

This is just lovely! I'm especially drawn to the open areas for books and baskets. So simple but lovely.

Jacki-Hearthside Happenings March 19, 2011 at 6:41 PM  

What a beautiful transformation! The kitchen is so often the gathering place in our home. You have done a great job making yours a perfect place to hang out.

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